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Switchin’ It Up

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I regret not signing up for Leadville this year.  The day of the deadline I sat in front of the computer debating whether or not I should do it.  It was the race fee that was holding me up.  I thought about it all winter and was 99% sure I was in.  At the time, the bank account was very low, in fact it was in the red for a while.  I probably could have put it in on a credit card, but I did not feel like I could justify the fee.

This year I have been on my bike 2-3 times a week and right now I feel like Leadville would have been a motivator for the rest of the season.  Instead I have very little motivation to get out and ride.  It’s my own fault.  Most of the rides I have been on since RAWROD have been leisure rides around Corner Canyon. I think its time to switch it up.

I used to have a road bike, but I sold it in order to get my singlespeed.  I regret selling it now because it would be a nice change-up to go from dirt to road at least one time per week.  I did not enjoy the road very much.  Every time I did a road ride, it felt more like excercise than it did a hobby.  I did have one great ride and that was with Dug.  He took me up American Fork canyon the day before I sold it and we had a screaming good time.  But it was not enough fun  to keep it, for some reason I was bored, so I was very happy to part with the bike.

Now I want a road bike.  I am going to have to come up with a business plan to propose to my wife that will convince her that purchasing one is a good decision.  Do I have a chance?  No.  Is it worth asking?  Absolutely.  Am I hoping she reads this and buys me one?  Of course.

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Written by Sleepy

June 27, 2008 at 10:27 pm

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Should I Stop to Help?

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When I see people on the side of the road, I want to stop and help.  I normally don’t stop because I don’t think I could be of any help.  I pretty much talk myself out of it.  I say things like, “what could I possibly do?” or “they probably have a cell phone and help is on the way.”  So, after I check the rear view mirror to see if they are trying to flag me down, I drive by and forget about it.  If I did stop I wonder how it would go.  I’m sure the conversation would be a little awkward at first.  I would point out the obvious, make it look like I know what I’m doing by jiggling a few cables here and there and then immediately go to the cell phone for help.  I think that’s how it would play out.

So it finally happened to me. I was stuck on the side of the road on Thursday with a busted trailer. Within an hour I think 15-20 people stopped, looked and drove off.  Maybe 5 people actually made the effort to help. It pretty much played out like I thought, but some of the conversations surprised me.

One Summit County Deputy drove by slowly and then parked up ahead.  I thought that he could get me some numbers for a tow truck company or maybe offer some solutions on how to get me out of this mess. So he gets out of his car and walks up to me and says, “wow, you don’t see that everyday!”  He then turned around and hopped into his car and drove off.  WHAT THE !@&.  I’m still in shock over it.

Another guy helped point out the obvious.  He jumped out of his car like he was going to solve my problem.  He walked up, looked at the trailer and said, “Looks like the trailer tongue is bent.  You should call the trailer company and have them fix that.”  Ya think?  He obviously couldn’t help so I pretended like I had a phone call and he walked away.

The next guy that came by must have said the “F” word at least 100 times.  He would say, “F that, that is f-ing messed up, you ought to call those f-ers and have them replace that.”  That went on for a few minutes.  He did offer some good advice.  So other than the F-bombs it was a good stop.

The last guy that stopped by before the police showed up blew me out of the water.  He started talking about the trailer and then immediately dropped a sales pitch.  He said, “do you have 10 million dollars?  I have a great investment for you if you are interested.  It’s in southern Utah and we are looking for some people to put up some cash so we can mine platinum and gold on our property.”  He must have went on for at least ten minutes about it.  During the conversation I was thinking, “Dude, if I had 10 million do you think I would be stuck on the side of the road with this crappy trailer?  Wouldn’t you think if I had 10 million dollars I would get on the horn and have this mess taken care of by now?  I figured he thought it was a good chance to practice his sales pitch.  He is currently sending me a 90 page report about his gold mine.

Note to drivers everywhere:  If you don’t have equipment to help, don’t bother stopping.  Go with your first instincts.  Drive by, check the rear view mirror to see if anyone is flagging you down and then forget that you even saw anyone on the side of the road.

Written by Sleepy

June 20, 2008 at 10:48 pm

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the year of the Jaynann

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My wife started riding her bike again this year. She is very athletic and I never questioned whether she could do it or not, it was more of a question of desire. It has always been her dream that we could go out and ride together so there was a lot of motivation to get back on since I was enjoying it so much. It did not take very long for her to catch the fever. She now gets up early and heads out with sisters and her friends for rides. She comes home happy and excited about biking. In fact, it’s pretty much all we talk about at home now. She recently did a 100 mile charity ride. You can read about it here. I recently completed 100 miles and it was one of the hardest things I have done. She went out with very little training and did the same thing. I’m not a competitive person, but she keeps trumping my accomplishments.

So this is the year of the Jaynann. She is going to go hard, have fun and ride as much as she can. For her reward we are going to upgrade her mountain bike. It’s a sweet ride and we can’t wait to get it. I am a tinsy bit jealous that she’s getting such a nice ride. Not that her IBIS is a bad bike, it just needs to be updated. In fact, when she got it 10 years ago, it was top of the line. Anyone interested in the frame?

Brad just got a couple of Vassago frames for his family. And I really liked what I saw so we are going to get Jaynann the Vassago Bandersnatch. Check it out..

Like I said, I am a little jealous but my bike should do until I crack my Jamis frame again. I love that Jay is back into biking. It makes it that much easier for me to get out and ride.

Written by Sleepy

June 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm

New Strategy

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We usually get together as a family on Sunday nights to celebrate birthdays or just hang out. Most of us ride in the family, so biking is a common topic talked about at the dinner table. I would not be surprised if the first question was “how was the ride?” instead of “what have you been up to?” It also poses as a planning session for the week so we can coordinate schedules to ride together. We went to Dugs Sunday night and I knew it was going to come up. I have not been on my bike for a few weeks and I was hoping I could get out and suffer alone. I feel like I could use one or two rides to get back into it. That plan did not work and we are headed out tomorrow morning early.
After work, I started thinking about the ride tomorrow morning and how hard its going to be. So I started trying to come up with ways to get prepared. Somewhere in my new strategy session I convinced myself that I could make a difference within 12 hours and I would not feel any effects of a two week vacation. Here are a few things I am going to try:

Fluids- I opted for a glass of water instead of Diet Coke at dinner.

Food I passed on the late night bowl of ice cream. I eased up on dinner and did not polish the plate. Instead I tried to eat just enough before I stuffed myself.

Manscaping- I did a little manscaping on the legs to make me feel like a biker. They are silky smooth.

Sleep- My goal is to be in bed by 11p instead of 12a or later.

So those are the four things I am banking on that will help me tomorrow morning. I know that the guys I am riding with really don’t care how slow I am, but its all mental for me and I hate to slow anyone up. Will it work? I doubt it.

Written by Sleepy

June 9, 2008 at 10:32 pm

Posted in Mountain Biking